Energy

  • The Ivanpah solar project in California's Mojave Desert will be the largest solar power plant of its kind in the world.
    Josh Cassidy / KQED
    12:33pm Jul 29, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    Massive Solar Plant A Stepping Stone For Future Projects

    The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert will power about 140,000 homes and be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals. But it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
  • An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Baton Rouge, La.
    John W. Poole / NPR
    9:50am Jun 21, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

    The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.
  • 2:35pm Jun 20, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    The Business And Politics Of Air Quality Regulation

    In a speech in Germany Wednesday, President Barack Obama said it's time to take "bold action" on climate change. Many believe that major changes to policies on carbon emissions lie ahead, which would mean a host of new regulations for businesses.
  • 5:28am May 20, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution

    California is about to become the first state to require shore power at its ports. A new law mandates at least half of a shipping line's fleet to shut down their diesel engines and plug into shore-side electric power when they unload their cargo. It's part of a larger effort to cut pollution at the state's busiest ports, but costs have been a sticking point.
  • 5:56am May 09, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

    Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans for the world's deepest offshore oil and gas production facility. It will be nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. It is testing the bounds of the oil and gas industry's capability to drill ever deeper.